Genevieve Nnaji new movie “Lion Heart” was recently acquired by NetFlix. It was her first movie as a director and making it the very first original Nigerian movie to be acquired by the online movie sharing platform.
The movie features popular Nollywood act like Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu, Kanayo O Kanayo, among others. Genevieve Nnaji wrapped up filming of the movie on May 10, 2017, and it premiered this September at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
About The Movie
The movie, “Lion Heart” is about a daughter who’s forced to work with her feckless uncle in order to save her father’s ailing bus company.
Nnaji plays Adaeze, a level-headed executive in her father’s bus company, Lionheart Transport. When her father (played by Edochie) falls ill, both she and her rival (Kalu Egbui Ikeagwu) are passed over in favour of the uncle, played by Nkem Owoh.
Complications arose when they discover that the family business is in dire financial straits leading to absurd results as they try to save the company.
The film also touches on everyday sexism that saturates the workplace, as well as the delicate balance between honouring one’s family while finding the courage to strike out on one’s own.
The movie which is produced by T.E.N. The Entertainment Network was written by Genevieve Nnaji, Chinny Onwugbenu, Ishaya Bako, Emil Garuba, and C.J. Obasi. The movie is also the veteran actress’ directorial debut.
Genevieve Nnaji, an actress who has an undeniable star power, made her debut as a producer in 2015 with the movie “Road to Yesterday.” The movie raked in 30 million naira at the box office. It is safe to say that the movie was that successful because of the name ‘Genevieve Nnaji.’ Also, the movie was her come-back after about four years and her fans couldn’t wait to get reacquainted with her acting skills.
However, it was also gathered that Nnaji did an amazing job in assembling known performers, who are popular for pulling their audience into their projects with their delivery skills.
As an individual, I’m proud of the production crew – scriptwriters, editors, producers, directors and entire production crew and the cast of that very movie. It was an assemblage of the best in Nollywood industry.
Genevieve Nnaji was a guest on Richard Quest’s show on CNN on Tuesday, September 11, where she talked about the limitations behind Nollywood breaking into the International scene and gaining global acceptance as Language.